Chelsea Lloyd Hylton matched with a man on the dating app Tinder, and they made a date. However, they ended up cancelling that date and didn’t follow up to reschedule. A year later she matched with the same man, Chandler Jay Nutik, on a different dating app, Hinge. Chandler remembered Chelsea and asked if they could finally get that date, and this time they made it happen!
In late June 2015, they met up for a cool treat at Plum Street Snowballs. They talked for a while before walking down to Boucherie for dinner. Fast forward two and a half years, and they were a serious couple who had adopted a dog, named Bridges in honor of their favorite singer Leon Bridges, together.
The happy pup parents took a vacation to Joshua Tree, California. On their second night there, they were watching the sun set over the desert when Chandler asked Chelsea to spend the rest of their lives together. She said yes, and the two were so caught up in the moment that it took Chandler an hour to realize that he forgot to get down on one knee when he asked!
Though he wasn’t there for the proposal, Bridges was right there with Chelsea and Chandler as they planned their wedding. Jolly Edition created custom invitations featuring the three of them.
Bridges made another appearance on the day of the wedding, as the couple did their first look. Chelsea’s grandfather had the honor of having a first look at the bride during a special moment for just the two of them, and then it was time for the groom and Bridges to see their favorite person! Bridges stood proudly next to the couple during the first look photos.
Those photos were captured on November 3, 2018, just before their ceremony at City Park’s Popp Fountain. The natural beauty of the New Orleans landmark perfectly complemented the wedding’s col
ors of green, gold and light pink. As she walked down the aisle, Chelsea carried succulents in her bouquet to remind the couple of that moment in the Joshua Tree desert. Celebrants Rev. Beth Magill and Tara Nutik integrated Christian and Jewish traditions to honor the religious backgrounds of both families.
After the ceremony, the celebration continued just steps away at the Arbor Room. City Park’s catering staff created a delectable wedding menu, including seared tuna and crab dip. Plum Street Snowballs, where they had their first date, served sweet treats.
The snowballs couldn’t compete with the sweet moment that the newly married couple shared their first dance to “Beyond” by Leon Bridges, whose music has been the soundtrack of so many memorable moments in their relationship. Their practice with instructors at From This Dance Forward helped them wow guests on their special day!
Just two weeks before their big day, Chelsea and Chandler had taken a trip to Paris. Between the adventure of that trip and the whirlwind wedding preparations, they were ready to truly relax and unwind. A five-day honeymoon to Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye, Belize, was just what they needed.
After they recharged their batteries the couple returned to New Orleans, where Chelsea is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Peaceful Warriors and Chandler is the Founder and Executive Director of Community Works of Louisiana.
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Home of Rickie and Gordon Nutik
Reception Décor & Florals: Dunn & Sonnier Antiques * Florals * Gifts
Coordinator: Cathy Kercheval
Ceremony Music: Thomas Grant
Wedding Gown: Limor Rosen, Lovely Bride DC
Flower Girls’ Dresses: Tutu Du Monde, Peony
Groom’s Suit: Indochino
Groom’s Shoes: Anthology, Paris
Engagement Ring: Anna Sheffiled
Bride’s Wedding Band: Anna Sheffiled & Colehower Family Ring
Invitation: Jolly Edition
Wedding Cake: Haydel’s
Groom’s Cake: Cake Pops, The Sweet Life
Photographer: Gabby Chapin
Hair: Argerie Villalobos
Music: Got Groove